Na­tional strat­egy on cy­ber­se­cu­rity de­vel­op­ing

Azer News - - Nation - By Kamila Aliyeva

Azer­bai­jan is work­ing on the de­vel­op­ment of a na­tional strat­egy on cy­ber­se­cu­rity, Azer­bai­jani Deputy Min­is­ter of Trans­port, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and High Tech­nolo­gies Elmir Velizade said.

He was speak­ing at an event ded­i­cated to cy­ber­se­cu­rity train­ing for CIS coun­tries, or­ga­nized with the sup­port of the In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Union, in Baku on Septem­ber 5.

The work in this di­rec­tion is car­ried out on the ini­tia­tive of the min­istry to­gether with the cor­re­spond­ing state agen­cies of the coun­try, Velizade noted.

“More­over, a co­or­di­nat­ing com­mis­sion has been set up in the field of in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity in the coun­try. This tes­ti­fies to the fact that the coun­try pays great at­ten­tion to this sphere,” he said.

The deputy min­is­ter went on to say that the dy­nam­ics of de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try and the wide ap­pli­ca­tion of in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies re­quire great at­ten­tion to en­sur­ing cy­ber­se­cu­rity.

“An in­te­grated ap­proach be­gin­ning from an or­di­nary user and end­ing with solv­ing or­ga­ni­za­tional, tech­no­log­i­cal and tech­ni­cal is­sues is re­quired. From this point of view, lo­cal spe­cial­ists in this sphere should have good skills and promptly elim­i­nate pos­si­ble in­ci­dents," he said.

Velizade re­called that large-scale events have been re­cently car­ried out in the coun­try.

“Dur­ing these events, the main is­sue was to en­sure cy­ber­se­cu­rity. Among those events are the Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test, the first Euro­pean Games, Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games and other events of in­ter­na­tional sig­nif­i­cance. It was im­por­tant to en­sure the pro­tec­tion of in­for­ma­tion sys­tems at all these events,” he said.

The deputy min­is­ter noted that dur­ing this time there were no se­ri­ous in­ci­dents in the sphere of in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity.

“But it is im­por­tant to con­stantly raise the level of knowl­edge in this sphere. Today, great at­ten­tion is paid to this sphere and one of the steps is to de­velop a na­tional strat­egy on cy­ber­se­cu­rity,” he added.

Touch­ing upon the is­sue of tran­si­tion to a new gen­er­a­tion elec­tronic iden­tity cards, Velizade noted that this will fur­ther in­crease the level of cy­ber­se­cu­rity of Azer­bai­jan.

The in­te­gra­tion of elec­tronic sig­na­ture and au­then­ti­ca­tion cer­tifi­cates into new iden­tity cards is con­sid­ered a pro­gres­sive step, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial.

“Their avail­abil­ity will al­low cit­i­zens to ac­cess e-gov­ern­ment ser­vices, to gain free ac­cess to them. What is im­por­tant, cit­i­zens will no longer need to pur­chase e-sig­na­ture and au­then­ti­ca­tion cer­tifi­cates. From this point of view, this step can be con­sid­ered pro­gres­sive. We be­lieve that the tran­si­tion to new iden­tity cards will also serve to in­crease the level of cy­ber­se­cu­rity in the coun­try,” Velizade said.

Speak­ing to re­porters later, the deputy min­is­ter said that the pre­pared project is be­ing agreed upon in the gov­ern­ment agen­cies of Azer­bai­jan and, in line with the pro­ce­dure, will be sub­mit­ted to the Cab­i­net of Min­is­ters.

“The strat­egy en­vis­ages the most ad­vanced ex­pe­ri­ence in the field of cy­ber­se­cu­rity. The doc­u­ment that will be adopted in Azer­bai­jan pro­vides for full com­pli­ance with in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence - full readi­ness for cy­ber threats, ap­pli­ca­tion of all nec­es­sary mea­sures to com­bat them, co­or­di­na­tion is­sues, etc.,” he noted

Velizade added that the adop­tion of the Na­tional Cy­ber­se­cu­rity Strat­egy will also con­tribute to the re­vi­sion of the is­sues of le­gal reg­u­la­tion in this area.

He fur­ther went on say­ing that tran­si­tion to new gen­er­a­tion ID cards, which started from Septem­ber 1, will fur­ther in­crease cy­ber­se­cu­rity in Azer­bai­jan, ad­ding that the in­te­gra­tion of e-sig­na­ture and au­then­ti­ca­tion cer­tifi­cates into new ID cards is con­sid­ered a pro­gres­sive step.

“Their pres­ence will al­low cit­i­zens to freely ac­cess e-gov­ern­ment ser­vices,”he noted.“Cit­i­zens will no longer need to pur­chase e-sig­na­ture and au­then­ti­ca­tion cer­tifi­cates.”

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